21st Panzer Division

21st Panzer Division
Autor: Jean-Claude Perrigault
Oprawa: twarda lakierowana
Ilość stron: 528
Format: 215x305 mm
Wydawnictwo: Heimdal
ISBN: 9782840481577
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Monografia jednej z najsłynniejszych dywizji III Rzeszy - kluczowa jednostka w zmaganiach na obszarze Afryki Północnej. Monografia to mało powiedziane. To istny "podręcznik" zawierająca 480 stron schematów organizacyjnych, map, biogramów dowódców i poszczególnych pododdziałów, niezliczonych opisów starć. Całość okraszona ponad 1 000 fotografii co szczególnie zainteresuje pasjonatów broni pancernej. Treść poprowadzona chronologicznie poczynając od 5. Dywizji lekkiej, którą przeformowano w interesująca nas jednostkę, poprzez walki na pustyni, kampanię w Normandii i kontrofensywę w Alzacji w 1945 r. Tytuł dostępny z okładkami w dwóch wersjach. jabu In February 1941, the German High Command decided to dispatch an expeditionary force to north Africa in support of the Italian forces which were in a difficult situation against the British. This contingent included elements that a few months later were to form the 5th Light Division, and in 1942, the 21st Panzer-Division. As the keystone of the Deutsches Afrika Korps, this division was involved in the hardest battles in that theater of operations until it was finally driven out of the continent of Africa along with the rest of the Axis forces in May 1943. A new division was then formed in France from the surviving elements. Poorly equipped, partly with old models of French and German tanks, the division showed great initiative in turning these salvaged vehicles into formidable fighting weapons. On 6 June 1944, 21st Panzer-Division was the first German armored formation to be launched in a counter-attack against the Allied landings in Normandy. After getting as far as the coast, the division was forced back. However its action on D-Day held up British troops' attempts to capture the city of Caen for a whole month. It was almost wiped out in the British offensive west of Caen on 18 July 1944, but fought on in the hedgerows before retiring eastwards across France. Following the failed German counter-attack in Alsace in 1945, the division was transferred to the eastern front where it was annihilated in the Halbe pocket shortly before the end of the war.

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